Dates: Nov. 13-23 2009
George makes it all the way across the Atlantic ocean to
safely in Ireland. His host Carl
opens the box to find George
hibernating nice and comfortably wrapped in a cozy
Carl lets George get his rest
for the first few days while it's
pouring rain outside. Not much touring to be done in the
And George, is after all, a bear
who needs his beauty sleep.
eventually it's time to get out and explore.
Carl is a student at
Trinity College in Dublin
Ireland. He is studying
Carl introduces George
of his favorite
writers. Someone George
seems to have something
in common with.
George Bear meets
George Bernard Shaw.
When the rain finally stops, Carl takes George out to see
It is simply grand with
large ornate and historical looking buildings.
Outside of the college, they cross the O' Connell Bridge
the Liffey river into Dublin. He
spots an impressive monument
with lots of statues of angels all around it. On top of it is a
statue of Daniel
O'Connell. He is known in Ireland's
as "The Liberator". George tries
to take a nap under it but
he is told that sleeping like a homeless person is frowned upon.
George sees a fascinating (pole like) thing called "The
It's a piece of art that was
built within the past few years that
was intended to replace a previous "Spire"
He approaches the base of the
pole, looks up and says,
"Duuuuuuuuuude that's tall!"
As the saying goes, "When in Ireland, do as the Irish
George is given his own bear sized
bottle of Guinness as
a souvenir. He
enjoys learning about football, and does
really well not to use his paws when kicking the ball with his feet.
George wants to tell
Carl something important.
He tells him a secret joke.
It's a really funny one.
Dates: November 28th to December 11th 2009
George finds his way over to the next island country of
to visit Linda and her dog Peanuts.
When George 1st arrives
Lil Peanuts is exited and thinks,
"WOW for me? A whole bear ... THANK YOU !"
Out for our morning walk. George comes across his 1st
He keeps his distance, as they can be a wee bit grumpy. Lil Peanuts
and George have a wee rest and enjoy the view.
And what a view to see over Paisley and Renfrewshire.
He can even see snow on Mount Ben Lomond way
off in the distance.
everyday has such clear beautiful weather.
He soon discovers however, that is not the case. It rains for the next few days.
Our stroll takes us through Glen Park which is a lovely
with a couple of small reservoirs and its own waterfall.
George decides to wear his kilt as we travel across
to our capital city Edinburgh. Even though it was often cold,
wet and rainy he
still makes time to visit Edinburgh Castle.
The scene of many a great battle ( normally
with the English!)
There has always been a castle on this site since
the 12th century
at least one building still exists from then but most of the
have been here since the 16th century.
Next stop Stirling.
George and Linda just
had to check out the
which was built in 1869
Sir William Wallace
13th century hero.
You may know him
better as Braveheart.
Out on our next morning stroll. Still proudly wearing his kilt,
a golf course in the grounds Mar Hall, which was
completed in 1845 and was the
home Lord Blantyre. After his
mansion was used for the head quarters of Erskine
Hospital which was set up to
care for ex-servicemen. Erskine
Hospital still operates today on the estate
care for our ex-servicemen and women, old and young. The
mansion was turned into a 5 star hotel in 2002 and a lot of
famous peeps choose to stay here now when in the Glasgow area.
George loved the historical mill buildings in and around
This one was built in 1812 and is situated on the banks of the River Cart.